John the Baptist, a Jewish ascetic considered the forerunner to Jesus. He was the only son of Zechariah. His birth was considered a miracle as he was born of a barren mother and an aged father. In the fagging part of his life, he prayed to God to bless him with a son who could prove to be a successful heir and preacher of the religion of God. His prayer was promptly granted.
John was born a stranger to the world of children who used to amuse themselves, as he was serious all the time. He supplicated to God with strength, energy and seriousness.
The young children would call him to play and he would reply, "Our purpose in life is not to play, it is not for this that we were created.". Most children took delight in torturing animals whereas, he was merciful to them.
He was dedicated to the noble work of leading men to the path of salvation. He exhorted his people to have faith in God. He moved among the humble and despised soft raiment. He was not arrogant and spent most of his life in wilderness. He was pure, devout, and dutiful towards his parents.
He found comfort in the open and never cared about food. He ate leaves, herbs, and sometimes locusts. He slept anywhere in the mountains or in holes in the ground.
He fed the animals from his food until there was nothing left for him, and he just ate fruit or leaves of trees.
Sometimes he would find a lion or a bear as he entered a cave, but being deeply absorbed in praising God, he never heeded them. The beasts recognized John as the prophet who cared for all the creatures, and so they would leave the cave, bowing their heads.
John sometimes fed those beasts, out of mercy, from his food and was satisfied with prayers as food for his soul.
He would spend the night crying and praising God for His blessings. They say John wept so much that tears marked his cheeks.
When John called people to worship God, he made them cry out of love and submission, arresting their hearts with the truthfulness of his words.
John the Baptist is different to John, regarded as the author of the fourth Gospel and Revelation.
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